2800-year-old Divine Tree fell injuring 3 / 溪頭千年神木無預警倒塌 壓傷3遊客          

An accident at the Xitou Nature Education Area in Nantou County injured three tourists. The Divine Tree has been a popular scenic spot of the Xitou forest. On Sep. 11 the giant, 2,800 year-old tree fell to the ground, most likely due to the damaged roots following several days of rain.

The Divine Tree is a renown landmark at the Xitou Nature Education Area. At around 1pm on Sep. 11, the giant tree toppled, surprising visitors who were relaxing nearby. Three visitors were injured as a result.

==PARAMEDIC==
Does this hurt? Do you feel numbness? Can you raise your hands?

Injured people were immediately rushed to the hospital. Two of them sustained minor injuries, while one woman may have suffered from internal bleeding. An eyewitness said it was fortunate that the tree fell slowly, otherwise more people could have been hurt.

==EYEWITNESS==
I heard cracking sounds. When I turned around I saw the Divine Tree fell. The tree toppled slowly, kicking up a lot of dust. Everyone was yelling.

Wood debris was scattered all over after the tree fell. The resting area was severely damaged, and two flying squirrels were killed by the fallen tree. Officials speculated that the weakened soil and rotten roots caused the tree to collapse.

==CHUNG LI-CHAN, Xitou Nature Education Area Chief==
Several days of rain probably weakened the soil around the roots. Also, it's not really a living tree because a lot of its roots was already rotten.

The NTU Experimental Forest Office said they will call a meeting on Sep. 12 with experts and scholars to investigate why the tree collapsed. Currently, visitors are not allowed to enter the Divine Tree area. Many people said it's a pity that they won't be able to see the 2,800-year-old anymore.

TRANSLATED BY:CHRISTINA LIU


溪頭森林遊樂區著名的地標神木,就這樣直接橫躺在路中央,今天下午一點左右,還有不少民眾在神木旁的休息區吃飯休息,但神木突然倒下,有三名遊客閃避不及,直接被神木砸中受傷。

==救護人員==
這樣按會酸嗎 手腳會麻嗎
你手舉高一下可以嗎

受傷的民眾立即被送往醫院急救,其中兩人僅受輕傷,另一名婦人疑有腹部內出血傷勢較重,有民眾形容當時的狀況,還好神木倒下的速度不快,否則可能更多人受傷。

==目擊民眾==
突然聽到那聲音 啵啵啵啵啵
我轉過去看 剛剛轉過去
就看到樹頭慢慢傾下
樹頭就浮起來 粉塵就揚起來
大家一直喊說 神木倒下了
神木倒下了 大家就一直喊啊

神木倒塌後,破碎的樹屑散落滿地,休息區的木棧板也都損毀,甚至有兩隻飛鼠也被壓死,園區研判,應是土壤鬆軟加上根部嚴重腐爛,神木才會倒下。

==溪頭園區主任 鍾立展==
可能就是因為連日的降雨
那導致它的根部周邊的土壤很鬆軟
那加上這一棵樹也是
就是已經算大概是 不是活株了
只剩一兩個枝條是活的
所以呢 導致根部它有很多
都已經是腐爛的

台大實驗林林管處表示,最快明天就會召開會議,將會同專家、學者,尋找神木傾倒原因,目前現場已拉起封鎖線,禁止遊客進入,不過溪頭重要地標、2800年的神木就此消失,也讓許多民眾覺得相當可惜。

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